We get to use Google services like Google search, Gmail, Google Drive, YouTube and Google + for “free”. (That last one is a lie. Like anyone uses Google +). In exchange for these services you give Google your details like name and location. You also hand over your web activity so that Google can serve better ads. Here’s how to find out what Google knows about you and how to delete it:
I usually send out a weekly mailer with a recap of blog posts but also some personal anecdotes. If you want to know about competitions or just catch up in a more personal setting then you might like to receive the mailer.